Located in Downeast, Bar Harbor was once considered a small fishing and ship-building community. Today, it is a favorite destination for people throughout the world. With Acadia National Park in our backyard, a visit to Bar Harbor affords the comforts and luxury of a classic vacation retreat, but also offers spectacular beauty and natural wonder for those who would prefer to spend their time outdoors. Looking for something special? Consider reserving a private tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park with a local guide.
- Diverse wildlife inhabit the Downeast and Acadia region of Maine. From eagles and puffins to black bear and muskrats, the inland region of Acadia is bursting with life. Just offshore, the coastal waters surrounding the island include a variety of whales, seals, dolphins and porpoises. Acadia National Park has two campgrounds on Mount Desert Island (Blackwoods Campground and Seawall Campground) as well as five lean-to shelters on Isle au Haut.
- Formed by powerful glaciers over thousands of years, Acadia National Park is a getaway in and of itself. Spread over 46,000 acres and several towns and villages, the park features many miles of shoreline to explore, 125 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads.
- The communities surrounding the Bays of Passamaquoddy and Cobscook are built on an unbreakable bond with the sea. A central hub for everything nautical, the waves of Pasamaquoddy and Cobscook Bays lap the shores of Eastport where you’ll find a quaint coastal town with a thriving arts scene that happens to house the East Coast’s deepest port and America’s only remaining mill producing stone ground mustard.
- North of Acadia, the village of Grand Lake Stream is home to the most concentrated population of Registered Maine Guides in the state. It is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise and offers its visitors unparalleled fishing and hunting opportunities, as well as an ideal location for relaxing nature appreciation.
- The term “Downeast” or “Down East” has been around for quite a while and most “Mainers” refer to it as simply one word. Many years ago, sailors hauling cargo to the northeast of New England, observed that the prevailing winds came from the southwest, pushing their schooners “downwind” in an easterly direction. Today, generally speaking, “Downeast” refers to Maine. More specifically though, to a Mainer, it refers to the southeastern part of the state beginning with Ellsworth , Maine, and including the Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor areas.